Title: Guyana will be ready - Anthony
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Title: Guyana will be ready - Anthony
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: McGowan, Mark
Publisher: Stabroek News, Friday, 15 August 2008, page 14
Publication Date: 2008
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Subject: Caribbean
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Abstract: Article reports on an interview conducted by Stabroek News with Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports on plans to host CARIFESTA X 2008
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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STABROEK NEWS, Friday, August 15, 2008


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By Mark McGowan

Amidst a few glitches in plans
and fears among some that the
country is not adequately pre-
pared to host the Carifesta X
celebrations, Minister of
Culture, Youth and Sport Dr.
Frank Anthony says that
Guyana will be ready to host
the August 22-31 event.
In an interview with
Stabroek News yesterday, Dr.
Anthony said that although all
the plans have not run as


smoothly as the organizers
would have liked, every effort
is being made to put the finish-
ing touches to the preparations.
He said there are hard working
-staff and volunteers who are
working diligently towards
ensuring that everything is in
place in time for the event. He
emphasised that planning an
event of the magnitude of
Carifesta is challenging and
explained that the organizers
were set back by the late com-
munication by several of the


overseas delegations.
He also said that he was
well aware of the concerns of
many Guyanese and even those
of nationals from other coun-
tries. He admitted that many of
these concerns are legitimate
but told this newspaper that the
Government and the Carifesta
Secretariat are working hard at
addressing them.
The Minister said that one
concern which the organizers
have been seriously addressing
is that of security. According to


him, the Minister of Home
Affairs has played an important
role in mapping out a security
plan that would be both effi-
cient.and effective. He said that
during the festival, the public
can expect the strong presence
of security forces both in
Georgetown and in other areas-
especially in and around the
venues hosting the various
Carifesta activities. He added
that special arrangements are
being made to ensure the safe-
ty of the visiting delegations.


Another legitimate concern,
the Minister acknowledged
was the cleanliness of the city.
He said that the Ministry- of
Public Works and the City
Council have been trying their
best to address this. According
to him, over the next week
more concentrated efforts will
be made to improve the appear-
ance of the city and other areas
in the country. He mentioned
that the general public had an
important role to play in this
activity and called on members
of the various communities to
help in the cleaning of their
surroundings. Some critics
have said that the city has a
drab appearance and the gov-
ernment has to do more to dec-
orate it.
Dr Anthony said that there
are other concerns, citing the
current situation with the air-
port runway lights as another
example, but he said that he
knew special efforts were
being made to rectify this issue
urgently.
In terms of the logistics for
the festival, he said that all the
venues are already in shape or
near completion. As it relates
to the plans for the opening
ceremony, he said that the pub-
lic can expect an exciting pro-
gramme featuring over 3,300
performers. Although only
about 6000 tickets will be
available for the opening cere-
mony, the minister said that the
event will be televised live
both locally and in the rest of
the Caribbean. He also said
that there is a possibility that
the event will be shown live on
big screens outside of the
grounds, as well as on big
screens in other regions of
Guyana.
He said that specific securi-
ty and traffic control arrange-
ments for the opening ceremo-.
ny have already been outlined
and they will be implemented.
He also indicated that the lot
between the stadium and the
Buddy's International Hotel
will be made available for
parking during the course of
the Carifesta festivities.
Tickets for the opening cer-
emony and the other events are


expected to be released shortly.
According to Dr. Anthony, the
Secretariat has worked out a
special distribution plan for
tickets, and said that tickets
will be made available to peo-
ple from the various regions in
Guyana. All tickets except for
those for the super concerts
sponsored by the corporate
companies are free. The
Minister mentioned that these
tickets, which were printed
overseas, have special security
features which will be difficult
to reproduce.
Dr. Anthony told this news-
paper that the overseas
response has been good and
said that even at this late stage,
some countries are still com-
municating an interest in par-
ticipating, in the event. He
expects over 1,500 people will
be coming as part of delega-
tions and this number includes
people from the Guyanese
Diaspora. In addition, to these
official delegates, many more
visitors are expected the minis-
ter added.
He noted that the departure
tax for members of the delega-
tions has been waived. He
explained that this was a ges-


ture of kindness, since the
expenses for airfare, accommo-
dation, and food will be under-
taken either by the respective
governments or the individuals
themselves.
One of the highlights will
be a special laser show which
will be put on by the Austrian
delegation. This is scheduled to
be done nightly in the vicinity
of St. George's Cathedral.
According to Dr. Anthony, the
lights will be of different
colours and intensity and will
be used to convey messages as
well as to beautify the cathe-
dral. He says that after
Carifesta the equipment will be
left in the care of the Ministry
of the Culture, Youth and
Sport.


Dr.. Frank Anthony


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